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Ok, I’ll admit it. The first time I
walked into Veggie World almost
six years ago, my intention really
was not to become more informed
about the world of healthy eating,
tofu, chunks or any of the many
cheese alternatives. Although
the cranberries and almonds
proved to be a fabulous snack,
that was not it either. No. It was
really to sample what I called
at the time guilt free soya milk
ice cream, one that was every
Inside The Veggie World
bit as good as Haagen Dazs or
the Australian, but less fattening
and certainly a pleasure for the
lactose intolerant. At the time,
Of ALTERNATIVES
the flavours were few: vanilla,
business adjoining the Veggie World location.
lot of emphasis was placed on getting quality
soursop and coconut, simple
Upon realising that many items were missing
whole foods at the most affordable rate for
and as was noted by owner of
from the health food scene, Everett decided
our society.
Veggie World, Everett Williams
to do something about the lack of variety,
Veggie World caters to a wide variety
and sought to enter the retail health food
– one colour – white. Years later,
of people, from the grass roots man to
market. There were already two health food
everyday middle class people. Many of the
Veggie World has grown into a
providers on island, and it was also possible
people who go into Veggie World are also
familiar name in the still budding
to get select items at various supermarkets,
quite knowledgeable about what they are
but the variety certainly was not enough for
market of health foods, herbal
seeking, and the benefits associated with
a growing, educated population. Cancer,
it. When asked what he thought about the
supplements, and good for you diabetes, hypertension, and all manner of
eating habits of Antiguans and Barbudans,
items of consumption.
illnesses today continue to take a toll on the
Everett says, “I admire Antiguans. I’ve been
population, and are a direct result of the
to more developed countries where these
E
verett Williams and his wife Anne-Marie
consumption of the wrong foods in excessive
items are relatively cheaper, but you still see
are both vegetarians – Anne-Marie
quantities. It seemed apparent that by
them here making the effort to eat better and
for close to 20 years, and Everett for just
providing a variety of products to satisfy that
manage their health. We try to facilitate this
under seven. This drastic lifestyle change,
need, more people would begin to take their
by providing items at the most affordable
coupled with the realisation that people
health seriously.
prices.”
were becoming more health conscious, led
to Everett’s decision to diversify his business
Some of the products at Veggie World
The price of importing goods certainly is a
profile.
are locally obtained, like garlic oil, honey,
point of great concern for the Williams. “We
coconut oil and the like. The majority
don’t want to prevent people from trying to
For many years prior, the Williams’ had
however, are, imported primarily from the
live a healthy lifestyle by pricing goods out of
been proprietors of Regal Travel and Tours, a
United States. In researching the products, a
the market,” Everett says.
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